Maker Faire Long Island is an annual event that brings together makers, innovators, and creative minds to showcase their projects and inspire the community. This white paper provides an overview of the event, its significance, and the role of the Long Island Explorium in fostering STEAM education and innovation.

What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a global movement that combines elements of classic science fairs with innovation, creativity, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). It is known as the “Greatest Show & Tell on Earth,” showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of makers from all walks of life. Maker Faire Long Island, established in 2015, aligns with this global brand and has become a beacon of creativity and innovation in the region.

The Scope and Impact of Maker Faire Long Island

Maker Faire Long Island is a vibrant showcase of advancements in STEAM, attracting over 100 makers and 2000 visitors each year from across the USA and overseas. The event features a diverse range of exhibits, including robotics, cosplay design, environmental engineering projects, scientific advancements, and kinetic art and fire sculptures.

Key Highlights:

  • Exhibits and Makers: Over 75 exhibits and more than 120 makers participate, showcasing projects from Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College, Brookhaven National Labs, and more.
  • Performances: Live music and performances, including a songwriter showcase and performances by the Umisora Taiko Drummers.
  • Interactive Components: The “Ask a Scientist” component allows visitors to interact with scientists and STEM faculty, fostering curiosity and engagement in science.

How Makers Get Involved

Makers interested in participating apply via the Call for Makers form on the Maker Faire Long Island website. The event provides free exhibition space for non-commercial maker exhibits, with nominal fees for vendors and sponsorship opportunities for commercial makers. This inclusive approach ensures that making is accessible to everyone.

Goals and Vision

Maker Faire Long Island aims to create a platform where people can showcase their projects and share their knowledge. It is a gathering of engineers, artists, scientists, and crafters who enjoy learning and love sharing their skills. The Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, embodying the spirit of the Maker Movement.

Challenges and Rewards of Organizing the Event

Organizing Maker Faire Long Island involves coordinating with makers from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of commitment. While challenging, the process is incredibly rewarding, with the event touching the lives of participants and visitors alike. The pride of bringing the event to fruition and seeing the excitement on attendees’ faces makes all the effort worthwhile.

The Role of the Long Island Explorium

The Long Island Explorium plays a vital role in enriching the community with STEM programs that foster inventive thinking. The Maker Faire aligns with the Explorium’s mission to promote STEM discovery, learning, and innovation, shaping the intellect and social values of future generations.

Outreach Projects:

  • STEM Enrichment Programs: Delivered in schools, libraries, and community groups across Long Island.
  • NASA TEAM II Community Anchor Award: Provides earth and space science programming to underserved schools and libraries.
  • Students to Launch Program: Partners with AIAA to bring students from underserved districts to witness a launch at Kennedy Space Center.
  • EPA Grants: Establishes rain and native plant teaching gardens in Port Jefferson.
  • Community Partnerships: Collaborates with local organizations to provide free STEM education programs.
  • Maker Faire Sponsorship: Secures funding to sponsor students from underserved school districts to attend Maker Faire Long Island at no cost.

Collaboration and Community

Maker Faire Long Island is part of a global network of Maker Faires, including those in New York City, the Bay Area, and even Cairo. This collaboration enriches the event and allows for the sharing of ideas and resources, strengthening the maker community worldwide.


Maker Faire Long Island is more than just an event; it is a celebration of creativity, innovation, and community. Through the support of the Long Island Explorium and the dedication of makers, the Faire continues to inspire and educate future generations. This white paper highlights the significance of Maker Faire Long Island and the Explorium’s role in fostering a culture of innovation and learning.

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